Framingham's school system released a statement Wednesday that said the town's schools continue to be "challenged.'' Go here for the boston.com's regionwide MCAS results. Below is the statement from Framingham's schools:
Massachusetts DESE has released its accountability rankings for schools this year. Rankings this year are based on a new formula for calculating school performance. This formula takes into account the progress of students as well as overall achievement for the school and each subgroup measured. At the high school level, participation in MCAS, drop out and graduation rates are also important to the formula. Overall, Framingham continues to be challenged at reaching the desired levels of progress and achievement for our students but we remain committed to highlighting our areas of excellence and areas needing continued improvement.
Two schools in Framingham, Dunning and Hemenway Elementary, have succeeded in reaching the highest level, Level One, which most notably indicates their progress in closing the achievement gap for under performing groups. Five schools reached Level Two, indicating their overall success with continuing challenges closing achievement gaps. Five schools were designated as Level Three schools indicating challenges with various subgroups and other issues. The high school was cited for having MCAS participation below 90%.
Elementary schools focused on a variety of strategies to enhance vocabulary, number sense and open response in ways that spurred effective effort and supported improvement. Reductions in the gaps in performance of LEP students were promising. The gap in level of proficiency for LEP students in ELA went from 40% to 8% over the last five years. There was a corresponding decline in rates of proficiency in math.
The high school scored a commendable 100 points for scoring above target on the per pupil index for the ELL subgroup showing great improvement but was identified as Level III for its low MCAS attendance where they missed the cut off by a small margin.
“Our principals, teachers and other staff have been reviewing the preliminary MCAS data since mid-August,” said Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Stacy Scott. “These level determinations are consistent with what we anticipated based on our analyses. All schools already have begun identifying the root causes of low performance to facilitate the development of action plans.”
“During the 2012-2013 school year, each school will develop a School Improvement Plan in which they use MCAS and other data to set five improvement goals,” said Dr. Sonia Diaz, Director of Educational Operations. “Principals have formed leadership teams that will set goals, develop strategies to reach those goals, and collect data to monitor progress towards those goals.”